KOTTAYAM l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 05, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION GROUNDBREAKING FOR RAM TEMPLE IN AYODHYA TODAY Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the bhoomi puja at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya along with 175 other guests TIGHT SECURITY FOR HISTORIC CEREMONY The temple town has become a fortress ahead of the ground-breaking ceremony, with thousands of cops providing a thick security blanket. All temples have been sanitised in view of Covid-19. Modi will lay five small silver bricks along with one weighing 40 kg in the foundation. The temple trust says soil from 2,000 holy sites has been brought to Ayodhya | P9 ■ 8 AM RAM BELONGS TO EVERYONE: PRIYANKA ■ The Congress nuanced its stand on the ceremony, with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra saluting Lord Ram and saying she hoped the event will mark national unity. This is reminiscent of Congress’ past soft-Hindutva stances, despite its exhortations for secularism TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, too, sent his best wishes to Modi THE RITUALS COMMENCE. THE PM IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AROUND 12 PM CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI IF WISHES WERE HORSES... 1 new Pakistan Amap shows J&K The map as “Dispupted Territory.” extends the Line of Control to the Karakoram Pass, showing Siachen as part of Pakistan. Ladakh is also shown as part of Pakistani territory. Imran unveiled the map a day before the first anniversary of the hollowing out of Article 370 2 3 Source: Pak govt Khan claims the international border lies on the eastern bank of Sir Creek The map shows the former state of Junagadh in Gujarat as a Pakistan territory Kerala doc among ISIS suicide bombers in Afghan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi / Kochi FORMER dentist from Kerala, Ijas Kallukettiya Purayil, is reportedly among the suicide bombers killed during a deadly attack on a prison in Jalalabad in Afghanistan on Sunday, which left 29 people dead and several others injured. According to sources, Ijas’ wife Rafilla and his five-yearold son Ayaan are currently in t h e c u s t o dy o f A f g h a n officials. While there has been no official confirmation from the Ministry of External Affairs, were made viral by the terrorsources said the confirmation ist organisation. of identity in such cases would On Sunday night, terrorists be done only after belonging to the Islammatching the DNA ic State launched an assamples. sault on the Jalalabad “This could take prison complex, in a time as cur rently bid to free hundreds Isthere are no flights belamic State and Taliban tween the two counprisoners. tries due to the coroWith this, the numnavirus pandemic,” ber of Keralites killed Ijas Kallukettiya in Afghanistan and they said. Purayil Sources also said Syria fighting for ISIS that the information has touched 14. of Ijas’ death was conveyed to In March, a 21-year-old the family after social media school dropout from the state posts regarding the attack Muhammad Muhsin was Absurd Pak claim on part of Guj, J&K Indian coal mining out of is latest flashpoint bounds for Chinese firms killed during an attack on a gurudwara in Kabul, which claimed 27 lives. Ijaz was among the first batch of 21 persons who left their homes in Kasaragod and Palakkad districts in Kerala to join the Islamic State in May 2016. A native of Padna in Kasaragod, Ijas was a government doctor when he chose to leave home with his wife and son. They were accompanied by his brother Shihaz Rahman, his wife Ajmala. They flew to the UAE, from where they entered Iran and then Afghanistan. IJAZ WAS IN FIRST BATCH TO JOIN I.S. Ijaz Kallukettiya Purayil, 36, was among the first batch of 21 persons who left their homes in Kasaragod and Palakkad districts to join the IS in May, 2016 The Padna native was a government dentist in Vadakara when he chose to quit and leave home with his wife Rifaila (then 25 years) and son Ayan, 2 In one of the messages Rifaila sent to her relatives in Nileshwar, she said Ijaz ran a clinic there and did not have to take up arms ● BIDS FROM COUNTRIES SHARING LAND BORDER WITH INDIA WILL HAVE TO BE VETTED BY GOVT BEFORE PARTICIPATION IS ALLOWED ● COAL MINISTRY TWEAKS TENDER DOCUMENT TO EFFECT CHANGES E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday dismissed Pakistan’s “new political map” as an exercise in political absurdity and termed Islamabad’s claims on Junagadh and the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh as ridiculous. “This is an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian State of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and of Ladakh. These ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity nor international credibility In fact, . this new effort only confirms reality of Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism,” a statement from the ministry of external affairs read. Earlier in the day Pakistan’s Prime Minis, ter Imran Khan unveiled a new political map of the country which shows Junagadh and the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh as its territory Khan also raked up an . old boundary dispute of Sir Creek near Pakistan’s Sindh and India’s Gujarat. Pakistan’s unveiling of a new map comes months after Nepal passed a constitutional amendment to include the territories of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani in its new political map. The map has also been sent to the UN for approval. However, sources said that the new Nepal map will not be approved as historically Nepal has never claimed the territories to be theirs. Congress MP Ahmed Patel also slammed Pakistan. This is the most historic day in Pakistan’s history. Today is a historic day we have launched a new political map of Pakistan which is as per the aspirations of the entire nation as well as the people of Kashmir Imran Khan, Pak PM This is an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in Gujarat and our Union Territories of J&K and of Ladakh. These ridiculous assertions have neither legal validity nor international credibility. This new effort only confirms reality of Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism India’s MEA A month after banning 59 Chinese apps and restricting Chinese firms from participating in bids for Indian government procurement, the Centre on Tuesday sought to stop the neighbouring country from participating in the ongoing auction of coal mines for commercial extraction by the private sector. According to the new guidelines, from now on, foreign direct investment in commercial coal mining from a country sharing land border with India will be allowed only after government approval. While the Centre did not take any names, the move is clearly aimed at stopping Chinese mining firms such as China Shenhua Energy and China Coal En- Will it cost India? Unlikely, as the coal block auction has so far received good response with a lot of inquiries from both Indian and global mining, metal and energy companies. ergy, which are among the largest coal firms in the world, from taking part in coal mining operations in India. On Tuesday, the coal ministry issued a corrigendum to the tender document clarifying that although 100% FDI is permitted in coal mining under the automatic route, investments or bids from countries sharing a land border with India will now require government clearance. In other words, such proposals will have to be first be vetted by the government before any participation is allowed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the auction process of coal blocks for commercial mining in June. Under commercial mining, private players are allowed to extract coal without any restrictions on end use of the fossil fuel. The bidding terms were also liberalised to attract foreign players. The Centre also amended the Coal Mines Special Provisions Act, 2015 to simplify the auction process and attract more investors. EXPRESS READ Protest over death of guest workers Palakkad: A group of migrant labourers raised protest after a train accident near IIT campus, Kanjikode, resulted in the death of three from Jharkhand. The trio was found lying on the track on Saturday. P5 Massive explosion shakes Beirut Beirut: A massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital of Beirut on Tuesday wounding several people and causing widespread damage. The blast was at the port inside an area where firecrackers were stored. Priyanka comments leave IUML baffled 75-yr-old raped, EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE State Cong leaders worried @ Malappuram THE comments by Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday’s Bhoomi Pooja for Ram temple at Ayodhya evoked mixed response, but one political party which felt really disgruntled is the Indian Union Muslim League, a major ally in the UDF in Kerala. Hours after the Congress leader expressed hope on Tuesday that the groundbreaking ceremony of the temple becomes a celebration of national unity, brotherhood and cultural harmony the IUML openly came out , Oppn leader Ramesh Chennithala writes to Sonia Gandhi AICC gen secretary K C Venugopal speaks to IUML leadership opposing the statement which is clearly in line with Hindutva ideology. The IUML leaders called an emergency national committee meeting on Wednesday to discuss the matter. While Priyanka’s brother Rahul Gandhi, who got incredible support from the League in ensuring his victory from Wayanad seat in the last general elec- tions, did not react, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala expressed concern and wrote a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi. With less than a year to go for the assembly elections, League’s discontent is the last thing Chennithala wants at this moment, especially after having taken the fight to the ruling LDF camp following the gold smuggling case. AICC organising general secretary K C Venugopal has already tried to pacify the IUML leadership by speaking to national organising secretary E T Mohammed Basheer and MP P ● More on P4 K Kunhalikutty . 1st ATTEMPT BY VISION-IMPAIRED Gokul defies odds, cracks civil services tempt. It was while pursuing his MA in English language and litGOKUL has not seen the world erature at Mar Ivanios College as most of us do, right in the capital that Gokul from the time he was came to know about the born. Despite living with stellar work of a bunch of total vision impairment, young IAS officers during the 23-year-old has never the time of the 2018 flood. let it create a roadblock While following the daiin his path to success. ly news and developments And when news came around him, Gokul heard Gokul that he had found a place how a young IAS officer in the civil services rancarried sacks of relief maklist, the youth from Thirumala terial in Wayanad when faced in the capital was clearly over- with manpower shortage or how joyed as it was his very first at- another woman IAS officer S O V I V I D YA D H A R A N @T’Puram worked 24x7 with a team of young interns and volunteers to provide flood relief. “These were instances which made me realise that the civil services is where I should be. Earlier instances of visuallychallenged youngsters successfully entering Civil Services further inspired me,” said Gokul. It is hard to believe that the 23-year-old appeared for the exams without rigorous coaching that one undergoes while preparing for the tougher Mains ● More on P4 exam. four taken into police custody E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi IN a brutal incident which has shaken the conscience of Kerala society, a 75-yearold woman was allegedly assaulted sexually at a village near Kolenchery in Ernakulam district. The Puthencruz police are learnt to have taken four persons, including a native of Chemberakky near Aluva, into custody. While a team led by Muvattupuzha DySP Mohammed Riaz is heading the inquiry, the police are yet to record any arrest. The Kerala State Women’s Commission (KSWC) has also registered a case suo motu. Puthencruz Police Inspector Sajan Xavier said, “We’ve registered a case for rape and relevant sections under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.” The incident occurred on Sunday when a driver and his woman friend — who are neighbours of the victim — took her to a house at Pancode near Kolenchery after offering her tobacco and tea. After the assault, the accused stabbed the woman all over her body including her private parts with a sharp object. After a while, the bleeding woman was brought back to her home and later ● More on P4 taken to a hospital. IPL IN CRISIS VIVO EXIT TALKS SPARK MONEY WOES V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai THE IPL is likely to have a new title sponsor after the BCCI refused to accept Vivo’s request to re-negotiate the existing deal. It is understood that Vivo is keen to activate the ‘force majeure’ clause in the five-year contract it signed in 2018 for `2199 crore. Bargaining The Chinese smartphone maker gives `440 power may crore a year in a contract from 2018 to 2022. take a hit This leaves the BCCI with some immediFinding new ate headaches. The IPL will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. At sponsor might a short notice, it is almost impossible to find not be difficult but state of another sponsor who would promise that amount for one year. The BCCI can sue Vivo economy and lack of time for breach of contract. But the legal process will impact may take time. Vivo’s official stand of pullnegotiations ing out this year and coming back to fulfil the commitment in 2021 and 2022 complicates matters further. Although there was no announcement, BCCI sources said that the Chinese company took this decision because of the market situation caused by Covid-19. Tough there were indications that bad publicity was a concern for the Chinese company, BCCI said it has P13 nothing to do with this. 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